Carl Icahn - Master of the Art of Investing
Carl Icahn is a high profile American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is listed as number 55 on Forbes’ ‘World’s Billionaires’ list (2017), with an estimated USD$16.8 billion worth in assets.
Due to his business strategies and success stories, Carl Icahn has developed a reputation for raising the value of the shares of the companies in which he invests. The rise in stock price that follows Icahn’s interest in a company coined the famous phrase – the “Icahn Lift”.
* Stats taken from Forbes.com. Updated on 10/01/18
The “Icahn Lift”
About Carl Icahn
Icahn’s first job in the world of finance was as a broker in Dreyfus & Co. After a severe drop in the stock market, from which Icahn gained a lot of experience, he changed jobs and quickly moved up the scale of management. He soon made enough money to be trusted with a substantial loan from his uncle, which he used to open his own firm: Icahn & Co. The firm centered on takeover arbitrage and options strategies, and Carl Icahn was beginning to make millions of dollars a year. The next step in his career soon followed and in 1978 he began to take controlling positions in different private companies, including Western Union, Revlon, Texaco, USX, Netflix, Blockbuster, and many others. From then on Icahn was known for his assertive approach to business, which gained him wealth and fame.
In 1980 he took a major position in Trans-World Airlines (TWA), with the intention of buying it out of its debt in exchange for the bulk of its shares. After a struggle with the company’s executives, Icahn became its CEO and was now expected to save it from bankruptcy. Despite the challenge, in 1991 the company emerged from bankruptcy, after which Icahn resigned. Meanwhile, he continued buying up stakes and accumulating wealth, and in 2004 started his own hedge fund, Icahn Partners. During the years that followed the shrewd businessman continued with his shareholder activities and investments, while taking head positions in Netflix, eBay, Apple, Family Dollar, and Clorox. Due to his business strategies and success stories, Carl Icahn has developed a reputation for raising the value of the shares of the companies in which he invests. The rise in stock price that follows Icahn’s interest in a company coined the famous phrase – the “Icahn Lift”.
Philanthropy, Interests and Personal Life
Icahn has made considerable contributions to numerous social causes over the years — from education, through science, to health organizations. Notable examples are the Icahn houses, which provide shelter for the homeless people of New York, and the Icahn Scholar Program which provides full funding for students.
In 1999 Icahn was married for the second time, and has two children from his first marriage. His son, Brett Icahn, manages a substantial portion of his father’s wealth.